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For One Imprisoned for Righteousness' Sake

Father of everlasting grace, Thy awful providence we own

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. Father of everlasting grace,
Thy awful providence we own,
Holy and just are all Thy ways,
Thy name be praised, Thy will be done.

2. Thy wise permissive will be bliss
Which lets the sons of night succeed,
With lawless might Thy servant seize
And trample on his guiltless head.

3. By Satan into prison cast,
His bonds Thy Gospel shall proclaim,
And Thou shalt bring him forth at last,
In honor of Thy glorious name.

4. Lord, we believe against his foes,
Thou soon shalt laugh their rage to scorn,
Confound who Thee and Thine oppose,
And all their hellish strength o’erturn.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1591

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of everlasting grace, Thy awful providence we own
Title: For One Imprisoned for Righteousness' Sake
Author: Charles Wesley
Source: The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, by S. T. Kimbrough, Jr., & Oliver A. Beckerlegge (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1992), page 311
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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